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Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz: Ingrid Racine At Rush Street


Fact:  Trumpeter Ingrid Racine has released her first CD of original tunes and arrangements as a leader – Concentric Circles.  Opinion:  This is modern jazz of the highest order placing Ingrid Racine in the company of fellow modern trumpet improvisers Eddie Henderson, Ingrid Jensen, Wallace Roney and Sean Jones.  

Fact:  WEMU is proud to present Ingrid and her quartet featuring guitarist Chuck Newsome, bassist Ben Rolston and drummer Rob Avsharian at our next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show at Rush Street Nightclub Friday April 1st at 5:01 PM sharp.  

A personal opinion:  Ingrid Racine has made a difference in music in Ann Arbor for a while now.  She is a major draw every Sunday at the Gandy Dancer Jazz Brunch.  She adds spark to other bands led by Heather Black, Ellen Rowe, Marion Hayden and James Dapogny.  

A little insider information:  her students think the world of her and will tell you that she prepared them well for college and professional life.  Some more insider information:  Ingrid Racine is one the newer members of the board of the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association and she is breathing new life into the group with creative ideas and an embrace of technology.  Having watched her develop as a talent for the past twenty years, I was impressed as she took on varied challenges from learning the traditional Phil Ogilvie Rhythm Kings repertoire to playing the rhythmic changes of Nomo’s Afro-funk to singing sweet jazz ballads.  She’s also grown as a story-teller and engaging host on stage.  

This takes time and courage.  You have to believe in yourself to get up in front of people to tell your story.  My opinion is that there isn’t anything Ingrid Racine couldn’t do in music if she wanted to pursue it.  Perhaps you’ll agree with me if you join WEMU for the free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show at Rush Street this Friday.